Saturday, 27 June 2015

Detox teas- my thoughts


Hi all,

So have you ever tried fat-burning teas or detox teas? I don’t mean those harsh ones that claim to burn off 20kg in one month though! I mean more realistic teas that claim to assist you with losing weight in collaboration with a healthy eating plan and exercise?

Well I tried one of such teas some months ago and I thought I should share my thoughts on it. I will also put a little note on other natural herbal teas that I recommend for detoxing.


About Nudey Tea: The tea comes in day time and night time tea bags. There are 14-day plans and 28-day plans. Also you are advised to drink the tea in collaboration with a healthy lifestyle.
Day time tea
Packaging was OK; I ordered the 28-day pack while in the UK. It arrived promptly and it comes in branded paper bags with instructions behind.

Price: 32 pounds for both packs.

How I used the teas: I used the daytime tea in a mug first thing in the morning and the night time one every other day, last thing at night before going to bed. Well, I normally try to eat healthy as much as I can, though I still struggle lol. I also tried to work out though around that period it was not so often.
Night time detox- my fave!

My observations: I found that I did not notice any weight loss of any sort. From the contents of the tea bags, the herbs used are mainly detox-oriented, and I noticed clearer skin, and my energy level increased as well. The last point directly affects weight loss because then you have more energy to do more work outs or more routines. I honestly believe that the only safe, sensible and lasting way to lose weight is by healthy eating and exercise. I noticed that most “wonder” weight loss programs and products- shakes, coffee, pills- still require the user to eat healthy, stay off carbs and all, which is actually what makes the weight fall off at the end of the day.
Bed time detox
Taste: The daytime tea does have a herbal taste, though not overpowering at all. The night time tea in my opinion is amaze-balls. It has this vanilla fragrance and taste with the herbal undertone to it. I always looked forward to trying it. Whatever you do, if you are picky with tastes, never drink a herbal tea when it is cold unless you don’t mind! You may find it really weird to drink.

In summary: I think if you are looking for a tea to help you lose weight, in as much as I do not recommend or advice “wonder weight-loss products”, Nudey Tea is not the tea for that. If you already eat healthy and work out, or are doing all that to lose weight, then there is no harm at all in using this tea or a similar one. In fact to a small extent, it should help you achieve your goals faster.
Day time detox
As a detox however and an energy booster, this tea is very good. Dandelion tea, fennel tea, nettle tea (components of Nudeytea) are GREAT for detoxing and also for clearing up the skin!

Other natural herbal teas that are great for you: Green tea, nettle, dandelion, fennel, chai tea. These teas are great for the digestive system, and for the skin as well. I particularly adore the taste of chai tea. Try to cultivate the habit of having a cup of herbal tea every day or night and over time your body and skin would thank you for this new habit!


Do you drink herbal teas? Got any recommendations?

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Cooking with Nemi: Pan-fried salmon with green beans stir fry, served with rice.


Hi!
Hope the week is going great. Well this post is looong overdue. Nemi and I made this delicious meal (well more of Nemi making and me helping) months ago when I was in Oxford. As you can see, it is healthy because of the generous serving of veggies, and then the fish, and it tastes even better than it looks. If you like fish, and are looking for a healthier alternative to our good old rice and stew, this meal is a must-try. Now I won't ignore the fact that green beans are not a staple in our Nigerian diet (for those of you who live in Naija), and not so cheap either. I don't see why we can't grow green beans in this country- it is actually a very healthy vegetable and it is quite bland, so no overwhelming taste, and so it always tastes good when seasoned or stewed. However you can buy a big bag of green beans (can serve 6-8 people and can be refrozen) for between N1000-1500 at the frozen foods unit of any supermarket here. Anyway here goes the recipe!

Ingredients
Green beans
I small onion
Bell Pepper-we used 1 red and 1 yellow
Seasoning e.g maggi, then curry, thyme, salt to taste.
Chilli pepper
Tomato puree
Non-oily fish e.g salmon, croaker
Carrots
5 tablespoons of olive oil
Rice- preferably basmati.
Chop the peppers and onion. Start by heating up a bit of oil in a pan or wok for a few minutes.

Add the green beans and peppers as well as onions and toss to combine. Break up any clumps of sliced onions that may have stuck together and stir fry till tender. This will take anywhere from 1-3 minutes. Turn off the heat.
To make the stir-fry sauce, mix some tomato puree with the seasoning and some chilli pepper and add a bit of water. Mix thoroughly.
Using only a quarter of the sauce mixture, thoroughly coat the fish with the sauce, and then using about 2 tablespoons of oil (heated in another pan), place the fish in the pan to fry for a minute, turn over and over till it is well cooked. (This takes about 4 minutes). If you like, you can grill the fish in foil for 3 minutes in the oven so the sauce soaks into it better. 

The rest of the sauce should be poured into the veggie mixture, turn on the heat again, and then keeping tossing till it begins to really sizzle. At this point you may add some soy sauce if preferred. Add a bit more water if the sauce is looking dried out. Turn off the heat. 
For the carrots, simply slice them with a julienne peeler or any other tool you like, then steam the carrots.
For rice, cook the usual way. Make sure the rice serving is not too large.
And there you have it!



Laterz!

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Hair Crush Feature: Bunmi


Bunmi's current hair length
Hi!
I have another relaxed hair crush to feature today. It's been about a year since I featured a diva with healthy and feature-worthy relaxed hair-it's just so difficult to find them! So when Bunmi kindly and promptly sent in her answers and pictures I was elated. Hair is hair; whether it's natural, texlaxed or relaxed, and if it is healthy and lengthy, then it's feature-worthy. Hope you learn a thing or two from Bunmi: :)

Please introduce yourself! What do you do?
Hi! I am an assistant buyer at a fashion company and a lifestyle blogger.
 
Are you fully relaxed or texlaxed? How long do you stretch your relaxers for?
I am fully relaxed. Considered going natural but not brave enough to cut my hair. I stretch my relaxer for 4 months.

What is your current hair length?
My current hair length is bra strap length and I am determined to get to waist length.
 What’s your regimen and staple hair products (including relaxers)?

My regime:
1) Wash my hair twice a week with sulfate free shampoo (Argan Oil Shampoo) and co wash weekly with Aussie conditioner.

2) Deep condition with protein and moisture conditioners every 2 weeks. This gives my hair a nice balance. But I deep condition with protein only a week before relaxer day. Products are Jamaican Black Castor Oil Protein Conditioner and Aussie conditioner

3) Stretching out my relaxer.I have decided to relax my hair 3 times a year now. This was one of my drastic changes. Before I knew better, I relaxed my hair every 2 months. Only relaxer I use is Olive Oil.

4) Less heat. On wash and co washing days, I air dry my hair. Hair feels so soft and full afterwards, love it! I use hair dryers with a low heat setting once a month.
Protective styling: Box braids
5) No more weaves. I found that with weaves I constantly straightened my leave out which was destroying my front hair and hair line. Hair under the weave was not getting the TLC it required. Strictly wigs now.
I love braids. With my braids I can wash, co wash and moisturize easily. My hair growth is great when I have braids in.

6) Moisturize and seal daily & nightly. I use both moisture and protein leave-ins (Tropical Isle Living and Olive Oil Moisturizer) & oils mixture- olive oil, castor, tea tree, rosemary & coconut oil. Shea butter and aloe vera gel from the actual plant are great as well.
Protective styling: Wig
Please share a few tips and tricks for retaining length?
Moisturize, Moisturize, MOISTURIZE! I can not say this enough. Also know what works for you and stick to it!

How do you wear your hair to work or formal occasions?
To work I let my hair breathe so usually have it styled in a bun. To occasions, I wear my wig

Do you have any foreign ancestry in your family?
None that I am aware of

Where can one find and follow u on the web?
I blog at mente-di-bumz.blogspot.com

So for those of you who have issues with keeping your relaxed hair long, you can steal some tips from Bunmi! Apparently, protective styling is one of her main secrets as well as moisturizing. Sounds very much like what is mostly recommended by naturalistas for maintaining natural hair. I guess African hair is fragile as they say, and requires not only constant but the right kind of attention to keep it healthy and lengthy.


Laterz!

Do you know anyone with relaxed and healthy hair? Let me know if they would love to be featured!


Monday, 15 June 2015

What I have been up to lately....

 
Gosh, it's been a month since my last post.
Some of you may think I have quit blogging- and I wouldn't blame you, I previously haven't gone more than a week without writing a post since when I opened this blog over 2 years ago.

Well....a lot of changes and events happened in my life these past 2 months and I just could not get round to regular blogging. It's really just that simple. It started a bit turbulent, but God apparently had beautiful plans in stock for me and I can only say already at this point that this year has been beautiful. Really beautiful.

I honestly don't have events or reviews or party posts to talk about because I have not really attended these lately, but one major event that happened recently was that....

I GOT ENGAGED!

So Mr. Man asked me to marry him on May 29th. It was really unexpected because I had (in collaboration with his friend) planned a surprise party for him for that day, and he happened to have been planning a surprise proposal for me that same day somewhere else, so our mutual friends were caught in between. They decided it was better "I" got the surprise instead so there I was feeling cool with myself that I had planned a successful surprise party for my boo, when he proposed in front of everyone and I ended up being the one who got surprised!

So.....that's a bit of what I have been up to lately and thank you guys for always checking on the blog periodically- I will try my best to ensure that the posts keep coming in regularly. It might seem a bit spaced out compared to before, but that will only be for a while- because once things get settled in and I adjust into the newly wed role, I am sure there would be loads of posts rolling in!

Oya let the congrats comments begin to flow haha! This getting engaged business is not bad o! A couple of people have taken me for lunch to celebrate my being engaged! *wink!*
Hugs and kisses
Laterz!
xoxo